Category: General

General is a bit of a hit and miss. I created the category to account for discussion on general topics not necessarily related to my personal life. This category and the Life category are a little bit of a mix, but for the most part, posts under this General category are more likely to fuel discussion.

A question that most people encounter at some point in their lives is: “What do you do?” But what does this question mean? What should it mean?

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It’s World Poetry Day tonight, and one thing I want to achieve out of it is educating people. Educating them that poetry isn’t all about rhymes, it’s not all about love or sadness, and that it can be a way to freely express yourself. There is such a stigma around poetry being ‘lame’, ‘boring’, ‘emo’ and ‘for goths’ – when some of the world’s best poets have written pieces that people have related to so deeply.

I share a few of my favourite poets, a few favourites that I’ve written, and a poem I’ve never published before.

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All Colour Envelopes sent me a large assortment of envelopes to review. The company is based in the UK and yes, they sell envelopes only. It might sound rather niche, but when you think about it, envelopes have a huge variety of uses, some of which I didn’t realise until I got a large sample of their products.

Whether you are looking to buy for marketing campaigns, direct mail, company stationery or greeting cards, our extensive ranges provide the high quality that you are looking for. You can choose from 12 lines. From earth rich tones of the Intensive line to ultra bright hues of the Vibrant line you will be amazed at the choice of texture and colour. —www.allcolourenvelopes.co.uk

I was very amazed indeed. I’m often creative, and I have loved creating Christmas cards for the past couple of years. At first, I thought that might be my only use for envelopes, but All Colour Envelopes sells padded envelopes as well. On their website, they are called ‘bubble bags’. Often used to protect delicate or fragile items, I found that one of their bubble bags fit a CD case quite comfortably. They have a metallic range and a glossy range. I’m probably more of a fan of the metallic range. I don’t really like bright colours.

A close look at the metallic colours of some of the bubble envelopes
A close look at the metallic colours of some of the bubble envelopes

Large bubble bags in metallic purple and black. Some foil envelopes underneath
Large bubble bags in metallic purple and black. Some foil envelopes underneath

Smaller bubble bags in neon colours
Smaller bubble bags in neon colours

The company suggests using envelopes to fit your branding. The company I work for has the bright colours orange, green and blue as part of their branding, so I can see the bright orange envelope being quite suitable.

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Side shot of the phone on its box
Side shot of the phone on its box

I pre-ordered the rose gold iPhone 6s when it became available, and it arrived at my work desk on Friday. I was very excited to receive it, I was waiting impatiently until about 4pm for it to arrive. I was chatting with a friend downstairs in the lobby when I saw a postman with a huge container of similar-sized, small boxes.

Yeah, there was no mistaking it – it was likely a box of packed iPhones. When I returned to my desk, there it was!

I had the 5c, and Brandon was dying for it since his iPhone 4s (actually, I don’t remember, perhaps it was even an iPhone 4) got smashed to pieces. He used it until he absolutely couldn’t anymore. Each accidental drop or fall brought it closer to its demise. I kept telling him that he had to wait until September. He was probably more excited about inheriting my 5c than I was about getting this damn pink phone.

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Haaaay. So. Michelle and Pauline invited me to do this Versatile Blogger Award post. Straightforward stuff.

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Tell the person who nominated you 7 facts about you
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you have recently discovered or follow regularly

So yeah, thank you Michelle and Pauline for selecting me! I feel honoured that you thought of me when you were writing up your posts. 😇

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A few days ago I reviewed the July shipment of Kawaii Box. This is just a quick post to announce a giveaway – so if you liked my review and liked what you saw in the Kawaii Box, here is your chance to win a box of your own. 😄

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Something about this particular quote has always puzzled me and I don’t think I quite agree with it.

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
—Les Brown

I can see why people are motivated by this quote as it implies that you shouldn’t despair or give up, but at the same time, it’s almost telling you to expect failure rather than saying, ‘it’s OK’. It’s sort of implying that even if you miss the moon, you’ll be OK, and at least you got somewhere. (This post is an interesting take on the quote.)

The thing is, a lot of people deliberately set themselves up for disappointment simply to avoid being in a slump if things don’t go as well as they had wished. It isn’t necessarily the same as setting the bar lower, but it’s something that humans do to feel good about themselves in a cautious way. It’s like trying new things. A lot of us don’t want to go all out, so we change one small thing at a time.

It works for habits, it works for lifestyle changes, it works for learning things.

But it doesn’t work for dreams.

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